The Canadian connection

When Melbourne man Matthew Guest takes to the hockey field at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, it won’t be in the green and gold.

The Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences alumnus will arrive in Brazil on a different passport, lining up for the Canadian side in his debut Olympic appearance.

Guest, a dual citizen whose mother is Canadian, spent much of his early childhood travelling between the two countries. But it was in Melbourne that he cut his teeth as a hockey player.

A member of Melbourne’s Altona Hockey Club since the age of 13, Guest went on to represent Victoria at national level and was awarded Full Blue honours while studying Medicine at the University of Melbourne.

Rio will mark Guest’s Olympic debut, but playing at international level is nothing new. The Melbourne doctor has notched up over 100 caps for Canada and is considered a pivotal member of his team’s attack.

Whether his fellow Australian countrymen can manage the tall forward won’t be known until the two nations meet, at the very earliest, in the Olympic semi-finals.

Cover image: Matthew Guest, Field Hockey Canada